posted on Jun, 14 2006 @ 07:30 PM
Originally posted by funny_pom
Yea, that is excluding the guy who blew off his own head accidentally (?)
But I guess that is not combat related.
There have been three deaths of uniformed Australian military personnel in Iraq.
1/ A vehicle ran off the road into a ditch, the driver was crushed and died instantly. He was not under fire at the time. (simple driver error ?)
2/ An Australian aircrew member was aboard a (British) RAF Hercules In Iraq, as part of an RAF / RAAF exchange training program. Unfortunately the
aircraft crashed in heavy fog. Some suggest it may have been hit by a SAM, but this remains unclear. There were no survivors.
3/ An Australian soldier was hit in the head with a 9mm pistol round while sitting on his bunk one evening back at base camp. Three other soldiers
were in the same room at the time. An investigation is still underway as to the cause. So far nobody is talking.
About 20 to 25 (not sure exactly?) Australian civilians have died or been kidnapped in Iraq, camera crews, journalists, civilian aid workers, and
civilian contractors. Mostly from road ambush. Presumably because they were mistaken for being Americans. To them, we English speaking westerners
all look the same. The Japanese aid workers have been much more fortunate because they are so obviously non American.
But happily, no Aussie combat deaths, because we are not at war with anyone over there. The Australian military are actually very welcome by the
Iraqis, because the food convoys are bringing them their dinner.
There is massive foreign aid pouring into Iraq from all over the world, and this is good to see. The only thing missing is a UN resolution for a
multinational force to kick America out of Iraq. That would have surely happened long ago, except America has veto power, so the resolution could
It would have been really interesting to see the same multinational UN force that booted Saddam out of Kuwait, boot Bush out of Iraq. It would have
saved a lot of lives, and a lot of misery.